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ULTIMATE WBBL 03 SEASON PREVIEW

06 December 2017

The second season of the Women’s Big Bash League saw another year of growth for the young Melbourne Renegades squad, and with further additions to the team for this summer the side is set for a possible leap into the finals.

Last summer saw the team improve on their win-loss record from the previous season, with six wins from 14 matches, with a few narrow losses just seeing theGades miss out on an inaugural finals berth.

With new coach Tim Coyle at the helm and New Zealand international Amy Satterthwaite joining the club and taking over the reigns as captain, WBBL|03 is primed to be another big season.

With the WBBL squad looking for an inaugural finals berth, Tim Coyle has set the bar high for the team.

Weve set a pretty clear goal and that is to certainly make finals as it is something that the team hasnt done before,” Coyle said.

I think thats well in our grasp with the team weve got together and thats definitely the goal.”

New signing Chamari Atapattu is certain to provide some X-Factor at the top of the order, having smashed 178 from 143 balls against Australia in the World Cup in England, right in front of the eyes of Australian Womens fielding coach Coyle.

Chamari brings that X-Factor that we think we need at the top of the order, in saying that she can bat in the middle order and is versatile. She can also bring some off spin into the team as well,” Coyle said.

Shes been trying to get a chance in the WBBL over the last two seasons and I saw her score a big hundred against Australia in England in the World Cup and that certainly got me over the line thinking that she would be suitable for the Women’s Big Bash.”


New Zealand internationals Amy Satterthwaite and Lea Tahuhu will be vital players if the Renegades are to reach their goal.

Satterthwaite scored 323 runs, including two 50s for the Hobart Hurricanes, as well as claiming 15 wickets including a hat trick in WBBL|02 – while Tahuhu was an important figure with the new ball for the Renegades claiming nine wickets at an economy rate of 5.76 runs per over.

Coyle expects both players to be able to lead from the front this season.

I think Amy will bring a cool and calm head as our captain, shes a very good thinker of the game and very good player in her own right,” he said

She can play in a number of different circumstances, she can score quickly, she can play as an anchor. Certainly shell be very good strategist as a captain, shell work her bowlers well and understands fields.

I think weve got an excellent leader in Amy and shes very determined to do well so shell be excellent.

Lea is one of the most experienced fast bowlers at the top level in the world and were very fortunate to have her in our ranks. She has a great head around the one day and T20 cricket having played so much, shes a leader in her own rights.

Shell lead our bowling attack and shes also good with the young bowlers. Lea has X-Factor with the new ball and finishing, and she can bowl through the middle with good change ups. Weve got some firepower there.”

The rise of Molly Strano continues to dominate headlines since she made her Australian Womens team debut in February, following on from the second season of the Womens Big Bash League, where she claimed a team-high 21 wickets at an average of just 14.80, beating her own record of 18 wickets from WBBL|01.

As the all-time leading wicket taker for the Renegades, Coyle is hoping for another fine summer from the off-spinner.

Weve elevated Molly to a leadership role and we think that shes ready for that, she has real energy around the ground which we love and she brings a lot around the squad. She has a great feel as to what it is to be a team player which is really important,” Coyle explains

Her bowling will be very important for us, whether to close the innings or up top, she does those things very well. If she gets anywhere near what she did last year, then well certainly be happy.”

Since last season, all-rounders Sophie Molineux and Maitlan Brown headlined a group of eight players in Cricket Australias inaugural Womens National Performance Squad

Both players had their fair share of strong performances in red last summer and will again be looking to push their case to the National Selectors with a strong WBBL|03.

I think both players have got the look of Australian players about them,” Coyle suggests.

The more good performances they have at this level, the more likely they are to be noticed. Sophies been around that second tier of Australian group now for a while, so I believe she wouldnt be too far offbut obviously spots have to open up.

“Maitlan is now over injury after a delayed start to the season. Shes handy with the ball, has good control with her swing and slower balls, its a good package. Shes also a good lower order hitter and should do well for us this season.”

Victorians Emma Inglis and Jess Duffin have crossed from the Melbourne Stars this summer and will add some experience to the Renegades top order.

ACT pair Hayley Jensen and Claire Koski, as well as Victorian young guns Jenny Taffs and Rhiann ODonnell round out the new signings for this season, with Coyle believing that all 15 squad members are capable to contributing throughout the season when required.

Every player that weve brought onto our list is capable of contributing to what we do as a team,” he said.

That was the goal at the start, to have 15 players that we know we can inject into the side at any one time and get a result.”

The Renegades will face the Sydney Thunder at North Sydney Oval in the opening match of the season live on Network Ten this Saturday from 1.45pm.

 

WBBL|03 team

Chamari Atapattu, Kris Britt, Maitlan Brown, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis (WK), Hayley Jensen, Claire Koski, Sophie Molineux, Rhiann ODonnell, Amy Sattherthwaite ©, Molly Strano (VC), Jenny Taffs, Lea Tahuhu, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham

In:Chamari Atapattu, Jess Duffin, Emma Inglis, Hayley Jensen, Claire Koski, Rhiann ODonnell, Amy Satterthwaite, Jenny Taffs

Out:Rachel Priest, Nicole Goodwin, Grace Harris, Kirsty Lamb, Natalie Plane, Annabel Sutherland, Danni Wyatt, Amy Yates

WBBL|03 fixture (All times local)

December 9, 1.45pm v Thunder at North Sydney Oval – Live on Channel 10

December 16, 2.00pm v Strikers at Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg

December 17, 12.30pm v Strikers at Gliderol Stadium, Glenelg

December 22, 2.00pm v Heat at Camberwell Sports Ground

December 23, 2.30pm v Heat at Etihad Stadium

January 2, 2.00pm v Sixers at Camberwell Sports Ground

January 3, 2.20pm v Sixers at GMHBA Stadium, Geelong

January 6, 2.20pm v Stars at MCG

January 14, 10.00am v Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena

January 15, 2.50pm v Hurricanes at Blundstone Arena

January 20, 1.45pm v Stars at MCG - Live on Channel 10

January 24, 2.50pm v Thunder at Manuka Oval, Canberra

January 27, 2.00pm v Scorchers at Camberwell Sports Ground

January 28, 2.00pm v Scorchers at Camberwell Sports Ground 

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